KARACHI: After the passage of deadline, in an action to remove illegal areas from streets across Karachi, Rangers authorities on Wednesday cleared barriers placed in front of former president Pervez Musharraf’s residence.
However, according to reports, barriers are yet to be removed from most of the areas of the city. MQM’s London Rabita Committee has also questioned the failure of the authorities to remove barriers pointing out that such barriers could be seen in different parts of the city including in front of offices of political parties.
The deadline of three days by the Pakistan Rangers to remove illegal barriers has expired. The locals said that they are ready to remove all the barriers if they are ensured foolproof security.
DG Rangers said that the Rangers personnel have completed their preparations to remove barriers from the entire city as these are hindrances in operations against criminals.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Home Department forwarded a request to Director General (DG) Rangers to not remove the barriers in front of Bilawal House.The home department on Tuesday “requested” the paramilitary force to exempt measures taken for the security of former presidents including the huge concrete walls built along Bilawal House that has blocked Shahrah-i-Saadi track for traffic.
The request was followed by a statement from Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali who has also categorically said the concrete structure along Bilawal House could not be demolished due to persistent security threats to the facility which was given the status of the president’s camp office from 2008 to 2013 when Asif Ali Zardari was president.